Secrets to Beautiful, Easy, & Sustainable Gardening in the Interior West Speaker Series

Gardeners in the Interior West!
Are you ready to have a successful
garden with less work and more beauty?
Then you will want to own Secrets to Beautiful, Easy, and Sustainable Gardening in the Interior West Speaker Series. This series will take you to the next level as 14 amazing horticultural experts cover climate, soil, plant choices, design, maintenance and other hard won wisdom you won’t find anywhere else. Newly adjusted price makes this great series an even better value!


Only $154 for the wisdom of 14 expert gardeners

Seasonal special now only $60!

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Take a look at what people are saying about the series!

Thank you for presenting such a wonderful teleconference. I’ll never look at soil, organic matter or fertilizer the same way again. Your questions were right on target and led the discussion in a direction that I believe was helpful to most listeners. Thanks again. ~Edith, Pueblo West CO

.Just a note of appreciation to you for facilitating this series. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it!!
Awesome, competent speakers!! ~Marge

.Thanks so much! My husband and I are listening to the series, learning so much (we are novices for sure!) and enjoying! Thanks! ~belton

.I am very much enjoying the presentations, and really appreciate your effort to put it together. You are a great moderator, too. It has been great to go back for the replays because inevitably I get a call, have something come up, or had a question that was later clarified by listening again. ~Barbara

.This was another informative and enjoyable presentation. The speakers for the webcast have been great. Keep up the good work. ~ Steve

.Your audio program is really excellent. Thanks, Mike

.Panayoti’s talk today, so interesting, especially the geo-botany concept. I am planning on going to the Denver Botanical Garden next week, but am looking forward to it even more after Panayoti’s talk. Thank you for putting together such an excellent series. Can’t wait to hear some of the other speakers! ~ Rick and Ruth

What’s included:

  • MP3 recordings of the entire series, 14 speakers (see speakers below), with accompanying slideshows.

By purchasing this package you will be able to listen to these inspiring presentations over and over again – even while working or relaxing in the garden! I’m sure you will find being able to refer back to these recordings on key strategies to gardening in the West invaluable as you put these methods into practice this and future seasons.

Only $154 for the wisdom of 14 expert gardeners

Seasonal special now only $60!

Or buy them here separately for $14 each!

In recent decades, the Rocky Mountain region has become known for horticultural innovation. Rather than being an obstacle, our bright sun and crisp air are, in fact, a boon to growing plants from the high mountains and plateaus that make up so much of the world’s surface. An ever expanding list of native plants – Phlox, Eriogonum, Penstemon – has entered the world’s gardens, thanks to experimenters in our region. ~ Plant Select®

Do any of these statements describe your experience?

  • You can successfully throw a pot with the soil in your backyard
  • The only plants that grow easily for you are considered noxious weeds
  • You water and water and it doesn’t seem like the plants are benefiting
  • You’ve had perennials and trees perish over the winter
  • You need to water your compost heap regularly to get it to do more than sit there for years, unchanged
  • Your xeric plants rot
  • Your beloved favorites that grew fine elsewhere constantly struggle
My Journey

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I understand your frustrations and challenges; they’re probably not so different from mine. After moving way inland from the West coast 7 years ago I immediately took the Colorado Master Gardener course, I worked for a nursery, I worked for a landscaping and garden maintenance company. All to learn the ropes of gardening in this new climate as fast as I could before beginning my own design, coaching, and consulting business which I did in 2007.

I’ve always been eager to learn as much as I can and have read books and traveled distances to hear great speakers – many of whom will be with us for this series. The thing is, they had different things to say than the nursery and the extension agents. They talked about gardening with fewer inputs of all kinds, plants that do fine on their own, gardens that are beautiful and less work. I liked this model better, but how to reconcile it with the institutional wisdom more commonly practiced?

Well, I’ve learned a lot since then AND to some extent I still grapple with that question which brings me to this point in my career of wanting answers and wanting to provide you with them at the same time.

Secrets to Beautiful, Easy, and Sustainable Gardening
in the Interior West

Presented by Abundant Earth Gardens and hosted by Eva Montane

Our collective goals are to:

  • Give you a deep understanding of the conditions that characterize the West
  • Show you how to work with these conditions for stunning results
  • Guide you through working with your native soil, including clay
  • Introduce you to some incredible plant selections that like our conditions
  • Explain the best way to establish new plants
  • Teach you how to design and organize your space for least maintenance
  • Walk you through steps to keep your Western-appropriate garden happy


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The interior West boasts amazing landscape vistas and unique environmental challenges for the gardener. In the best-case scenarios we see gardens that thrive, many successfully mirroring its natural splendor. Some highly sought after plants prefer these climatic conditions over the soggy coasts and humid midlands. In our series you will find out all about the ones that do! During these interviews, not only will you feel inspired, but you will be equipped with powerful strategies and tools that you can use immediately to help you realize that gardening here is as much of a dream as it is anywhere in the world.

Skip Years of Trial and Error!

Prepare to gain tools and understanding that will revolutionize your gardening this Spring 2012:

  • Understand why what you have been doing hasn’t worked
  • How our climate is special and how to make it work for you
  • Grow healthier plants for a more beautiful garden
  • Achieve the greener and grander results you desire
This series will verse you in the trials and the triumphs of gardening in this very special place we call home. There are some tricks of the trade that, once you know, you’ll be rocking and wonder what ever seemed so hard. Please join us to learn what it means to work with this different version of nature instead of against it.

Only $154 for the wisdom of 14 expert gardeners

Seasonal special now only $60!

Or buy them here separately for $14 each!

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Here is the
All Star Line Up
Sponsored in Part by…

Through the seasons metaphorically…
Winter – Know Your Region; How It’s Unique and
Why Gardening is Different Here
Cheryl Moore-Gough

USDA Hardiness Zones: Are they all you need to know to have a successful garden?
  • Learn what USDA Hardiness Zones mean
  • Learn what USDA Hardiness Zones don’t mean
  • Learn what else you need to know regarding your growing conditions to be successful

Cheryl Moore-Gough has been the Technical Editor for Horticulture for Zone 4 Magazine since it began in 2008, an Adjunct Assistant Professor for Montana State University, and a prolific writer on many plant and garden related topics including vegetable growing, seed saving, and ornamental gardening.

Panayoti Kelaidis

What Characterizes a Steppe Ecozone and How Can Embracing it Make my Gardening Easier and More Beautiful?
  • Steppe climate: We have much to gain by looking at gardening from a global perspective
  • Alpine gardens offer us an appropriate model of working with our environment
  • How do we embrace a Western Aesthetic?

Panayoti Kelaidis is the Senior Curator and Director of Outreach at the Denver Botanic Gardens. He is a world-renowned plantsman and explorer who has revolutionized Rocky Mountain horticulture, with his countless introductions to horticulture and his avant garde approach to gardening in the West.

Chris Heiler

Forming a Regional Gardening Community; How Participating in a Discussion Forum Can Benefit Your Garden
  • Introduction to a simple and free platform for establishing helpful connections
  • Get support and answers quickly from fellow gardeners working with similar conditions
  • Learn with others; share ideas and useful resources

Chris Heiler is a green industry social media consultant. He develops social media strategy and training programs for clients ranging from landscape design/build firms and lawn care companies to garden centers, growers and specialty manufacturers. Chris regularly speaks at landscape industry events across the country, writes for industry publications, and also shares his social media expertise with hundreds of landscape professionals in his exclusive Social Media Club at

Spring – Plan Your Garden; Working With Nature on Design,
Soil Prep, and Watering Strategy
Robert Littlepage, APLD

How Good Design Simplifies Garden Tasks and Enhances Enjoyment of Outdoor Space
  • Know your Site
  • Good Design IS Low Maintenance
  • Think Local

Robert Littlepage, APLD; RLA is a licensed landscape architect in both California and Louisiana. Since 1985 he has designed gardens throughout the western United States. He has also consulted on gardens in Louisiana, France and England. In addition to his architecture practice he is the Founder/Director of the California School of Garden Design, and former instructor of design and irrigation at Sierra College

Robert Nold

What it Means to Work WITH Nature in a High and Dry Climate
  • The truth about amending with organic matter and the more important ingredient
  • Why Western gardeners should ignore most everything they read
  • The art of growing plants in heavy clay soil

Robert Nold is an avid gardener constantly exploring how best to garden within the parameters he’s inherited living in the West. His conclusions and discoveries have been published in a host of noteworthy publications including several books he’s authored.

Mike Bone

The Art of Growing Plants and Where to Start
  • Going from container soil to garden; why they are different and how to bridge the gap
  • Great benefits of plants from seed
  • Tips on successful in-situ seed growing

Mike Bone, works in plant propagation and production and is the Curator of Steppe Collection at the Denver Botanic Gardens where he has focused his work on seed collection and the study of steppe plants and ecology. Most of his work is done in Western North America but he has traveled to Central Asia to study plants from the steppes and mountains there. He is also actively involved in the Plant Select program as well as the IPPS (International Plant Propagators’ Society).

Tom Heald

Creative Gardening Strategies for Tough Locations
  • Plants for windbreaks and visual screens
  • Soil strategies to improve successful plantings
  • Common myths explored and debunked

Tom Heald is the managing partner for the Wyoming Plant Company, specializing in hardy native and adapted plants for Wyoming conditions. Previously, Tom was a Wyoming Extension Educator where he worked with thousands of homeowners who struggled to grow plants in this challenging environment. Many times it was not the homeowner at fault, but the lack of appropriate plant materials to choose from; retail outlets were offering inappropriate plant choices for the environment. Tom began to rethink suitable plants and landscaping.

Summer – Select Your Plants; Exciting and Appropriate Plants
for a Successful Western Garden
Pat Hayward

The Easiest to Grow, Longest Blooming Durable Plants for the Western Garden
  • How Plant Select is forging a truly American style of horticulture
  • A bold, new plant palette revolutionizing the way we garden
  • Plants that thrive in both our variable winters and our hot summers

Pat Hayward is the Executive Director of Plant Select®, a collaboration of Colorado State University, Denver Botanic Gardens, and regional horticulturists seeking out and distributing the best plants for western gardens. Pat has worked in all facets of Rocky Mountain regional horticulture since 1979. A lecturer, writer and photographer, she has written for numerous national publications, co-authored two books, and her gardens have been featured in regional and national publications

Bill Adams

Rock Gardening With Native Plants From Around The World
  • The huge diversity of plants: the more you look the more you will find
  • Where in the world do you find plants that adapt to our gardens in the Interior West?
  • PowerPoint Presentation – My favorite plants for rock gardens and native landscapes

Bill Adams owns and operates Sunscapes Rare Plant Nursery, a small specialty nursery growing choice rock garden, hardy native and unusual dryland plants from around the world. He is a leader in the current effort to promote Western Water Wise Landscaping in the City of Pueblo, where he has been instrumental in the designing, planting and maintenance of numerous Water Wise garden

Kathy Settevendemie

5 Things Every Western Gardener Should Know Before Planting Native Plants
  • Where did that plant come from and why does it matter?
  • Native plants that make great alternatives to standard garden species
  • Creating native plant communities in your garden

Kathy Settevendemie is the Owner-Operator of Blackfoot Native Plant Nursery, a wholesale nursery selling Montana native plants since 2003. She is a board member of the Montana Native Plant Society and conducts workshops on landscaping with native plants throughout western Montana in addition to providing consultations to landowners. Madeline Mazurski will be joining her.

Madeline MazurkskiMadeline Mazurski is the owner of Montana Native Landscapes, specializing in native and water wise landscape design since 1995. She has taught landscape design and plant classes and designed and helped establish a Water Wise Demonstration Garden in Missoula, Montana. She has been an active member of the Montana Native Plant Society, serving on the state board for many years. With degrees in botany and landscape architecture, Madeline is passionate about plants and design.
Mary Ann Newcomer

Designing Contemporary Gardens with Heirloom Plants
  • Why heirloom plants are perfect for the intermountain West
  • Who’s who in this gorgeous “scentimental” palette
  • Design tips for using these oldies but goodies

Mary Ann Newcomer, is known as the Dirt Diva on the River Radio, 94.9 in Boise, ID. An accomplished garden writer, horticulturist, and garden designer, she has wielded her creativity and design talents on public, private, and commercial gardens. She is the co-creator of, an online garden design software service.

Fall – Maintain; Nourishing Your Body and Your Western Garden
Jane Shellenberger

Growing Vegetables in the Semi-arid West
  • What crops grow best in the West
  • How to support pollinators & other beneficial insects while decreasing pests
  • Building great soil by supporting the soil life

Jane Shellenberger is the publisher and editor of the independent newsmagazine, Colorado Gardener, “A Thinking Gardener’s Companion”, which she founded in 1996. An eclectic gardener she learned about plants from her botanist mother. She is also the author of the new book Organic Gardener’s Companion, Growing Vegetables in the West.

Eva Montane

What to do to Keep Your Western Garden Beautiful all Year
  • Minimal maintenance is required
  • When to prune and cut back
  • How to know what to deadhead, when, and why

Eva Montane got her start in ornamental horticulture doing fine perennial maintenance with Genevieve Schmidt of blogging fame. Eva holds a certificate from the California School of Garden Design, is a designer, writer, and educator, and has been published in Colorado Gardener and Zone 4 among other publications. She’s a member of APLD and is a wildflower guide with the Crested Butte Wildflower Festival.

Seasonal special now only $60!

Or buy them here separately for $14 each!

Gardening is America’s favorite pass time. Live where the air is crisp and dry, the skies are deep blue, AND have a garden your neighbors will ooh and ahh about!

Reconnect with the joy of gardening, that desire to connect with the earth that may have brought you to gardening in the first place.

To the glory of the garden!

Yours truly,

Eva Rose Montane

Abundant Earth Gardens

P.S. I know you’ll gain so much from this series! Gardening will bring you more joy than frustration again. You’ll take pride in the renewed beauty of your garden beds as you reclaim the gardening paradise we truly live in here in the American West.

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